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Bog Snorkling World Championships!

 

Updated : Sep 1, 2009

More than 150 competitors from across the UK and Ireland braved wind and rain in Wales to take part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championship.



For the first time, Gorden Green, 74, the man who devised the event to help put the town of Llanwrtyd Wells on the tourist map, braved the elements himself.

Now retired, he turned out in flippers, a mask and a snorkel to get down and dirty in one of two 60-yard trenches dug into the bog outside the town.

For competitors the ultimate aim is to cover two gruelling lengths of the bog in the fastest time, reports the Daily Telegraph.

"You have to swim but actually that takes the form of a doggy paddle in a snorkel, mask and flippers," said his wife, Diana, 66.

"Some people also wear a wetsuit but Gordon was more macho and decided against that. He did it in about five minutes."

She added: "He tried to get me to take part as well but there is no way I would do it myself. I'm emphatic about that. I enjoy my swimming, but in nice warm, clean water."

She said the turn-out for the charity event this year looked to be on course to top all previous years, adding: "It does tend to attract more people every year."

 

 

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